Manchester United coach sends warning to Hannibal Mejbri after red card

Hannibal was dismissed in Man United Under-23s' final game of the season on Monday against Derby County. Manchester United Under-23s bos...

Hannibal was dismissed in Man United Under-23s' final game of the season on Monday against Derby County.


Manchester United Under-23s boss Neil Wood has warned Hannibal that he must 'stay focussed' in games to avoid red cards.

Hannibal went from hero to zero in the youngsters' final game of the season against Derby County on Monday as he scored his side's opener but was dismissed just after the Rams equalised.

The Frenchman was shown a second yellow card for asking the referee to show one to an opponent who had just fouled him, coming after a season of being kicked from pillar to post by opposing sides.

United went on to lose the match 3-1 in Hannibal's absence and Wood has reiterated the need for the 18-year-old to remain cool under provocation.

“I think it [the second booking] comes from asking the ref for a yellow card for the lad who fouled him,” he told United's in-house media. “I know you can't do that in this country. I'm not sure maybe Hannibal doesn't quite know but he does now. I've had a good 25-minute chat with him.

“It's something he needs to learn from, especially in his career, he needs to learn to stay focused and not get distracted. It's a shame because it distracts away from his performances he's had for the majority of this season. He's put in some outstanding performances but he does take a lot of kicks and a lot of fouls. Teams do go for him and do target him.

“There have been games where he's kept his head down well, done well to stay on the pitch and kept a level head to rise above it. He's still learning, he's still in individual development and there are going to be little flare-ups but there have been less and less. So he's definitely improved on it and we've just got to keep hammering that message into him.”

The loss sees United finish the Premier League 2 Division 1 season in eighth place but Wood has been proud of the football his young side has played.

We all knew it was going to be a tough season,” said Wood. “We knew we were putting a lot of young players up at the start of the season and knew we'd be really stretched. That was the challenge for them but something we decided to do as a club. We feel it has benefited them and there has been quite a step forward in their development. To finish the season as second-top goalscorers showed we played really good football and scored some really good goals along the way.

“There has been some really entertaining football. The disappointment has been the goals conceded and the mistakes but it's consistency in development with the team changing and using over 42 players throughout the season. Those things are going to happen.

“I think they've done really well and I think they can be proud of themselves. We come back again for pre-season and I'm sure we'll be stretched and I'm sure we'll be young again next season but I am sure we will go for it again.”

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